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    As I said Charlie that photo looked like the one the dealer had in Germanyicon. $600 each and some shipping. I should have ordered two or three instead of one. Excellent shape and 100% Inland. When I went back for another one he had sold them all.

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    Here's the Birch M2 set of clothes for the M1A1icon, prepared, coloured down and treated to one week of raw linseed oilicon treatment.

    Front band spring ordered with a spare oiler and sling, so the rifle can be swapped in and out easily.

    Some nice figuring has slowly come to life over the week in the usually bland Birch woodwork and I look forward to watching it go a beautiful deep honey colour as the oil slowly oxidises.

    No markings on the woodwork apart from a solitary '5' or 'S' in the butt cut out.

    Is that Springfield, post war guys?
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    IF Springfield you'd normally find SA stamped on top of the left side edge of the front barrel channel.
    Most of the time they look to be 2 separately stamped letters: S and A.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrclark303 View Post

    No markings on the woodwork apart from a solitary '5' or 'S' in the butt cut out.

    Is that Springfield, post war guys?
    This is a timely question. I just found a stock that sounds possibily similarly stamped. Mine is very small and sideways. Couldn't tell if it was two Ss or tow 5s and they're spread far apart. One at the top and one at the bottom. The right side of the stock appears that a cartouche was sanded off.

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    Ditto TenOC, sounds like the same stock!

    Mine had a cartouche removed too... Curious....

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    You can just see the remains of it in my full length woodwork picture.

    It looks like a lightly stamped square cartouche, roughly removed.

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    WHY would they do that, as surely it is the correct provenance for the rifle?
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    I don't know Gil, I'm guessing some government or other ownership mark that was removed on surplus, possibly European police force maybe?

    I really can't see why anyone would bother to be honest mate...

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    Forgot that it had a rebuild stamp which is why whatever was on the other side was removed I assume.

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